Society slows down Posted by Katja on May 5, 2011 in Culture
Everybody is entitled to 5 weeks of paid holiday, and almost everybody wants their holiday during the hot weeks of the summer. During that period of time a lot of shops close, leaving only the big chains open. Healthcare centers are only open during a certain few hours, making people have to go the the bigger cities to get treated. The Swedish society slows down to an unimaginably inefficient society where everybody wants holiday but sort of expects the service they get during the rest of the year.
There are of course people on call for the “life-saving” jobs, but even they get holiday, leaving the responsibility to younger people that are willing to work during the best beach month. Service can often be experienced as “going round in circles” and slow but that might be because the people who usually have daily routines are on holiday.
When people then go back to work from their summer holiday there is often a lot of complaining and a “slow start” back. People are still in their holiday routines and want to hold onto that for as long as they can. Tourists to Sweden during the summer can often be surprised by the closed shops and wonder ‘where are the people?’ but they are more than likely at their summer cottages.
Is there a time of year when society slows down in your country?
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